No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language. Theodore Bikel. Welcome to World Literature. Mrs. Mueller. Your Turn to Say Hello. Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Voltaire. “The Wayfarer” Stephen Crane. Themes in World Literature Page 15. Page 40-41.
Welcome to World Literature
Illusion is the first of all pleasures. Voltaire
Themes in World Literature
Harmen Steenwijck, Vanitas (1640)
Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life
By Harmen van Steenwijck (1612-c. 1656)
Adriaen van Utrecht, Vanitas Still Life with a Bouquet and a Skull (1643
“The Persian Version”
What if you discovered that this world was nothing but a dream?
No mortal power may stay her spinning wheel.The nations rise and fall by her decree.None may foresee where she will set her heel:
she passes, and things pass. Man's mortal reasoncannot encompass her. She rules her sphereas the other gods rule theirs. Season by season
her changes change her changes endlessly,and those whose turn has come press on her so,she must be swift by hard necessity.
Inferno VII 82-90
The Meaning of Greatness
Percy Bysshe Shelley
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two 'wolves'… One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, ”The one you feed.”